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Send the children to the woods

Every year in May, for nearly a century, a message of peace has been sent to the children of the World by the members of Urdd Gobaith Cymru (The League of the Hope of Wales, aka Welsh League of Youth), the Welsh-speaking youth organisation founded in 1922 by Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards.

Gwyn ap Nudd

The British Forests

The Welsh legends emerged from a particular culture: the Brythonic Celts. They developed over a long period: roots in the Neolithic, then the Celtic Iron Age, the Roman occupation, and Christianisation… Then the Dark Ages and the long retreat before the barbarian colonisation…

I want to discuss Gwyn ap Nudd, and his role as the Lord of the Forests. Before I can do that, though, I need to talk about “forests” because, to quote Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means“.